Perlman House - One of the oldest buildings in town and around 140 years old it was home to Barnett Perlman a prominent Jewish merchant. The original Origan wooden floors and window frames is still visible in some of the rooms and the 140 year old thick stone walls keep the home cool in summer. In winter gather around one of the fireplaces to keep warm.
We offer two (2) self catering units where all expectations are exceeded with loads of character and attention to detail. We supply reading materials and board games.
Facilities and Services:
- Shared bathroom
- garden views
- Single beds, Double bed, King bed, Queen bed
- Fan and Heater
- Tea and Coffee Facilities
- No Smoking in Rooms
- Shower only and Shared bathroom
- Indoor Fireplace
- Parking on Premises
- Outdoor Fire pit and pizza oven
- No Credit Card Facilities
Drive Out For The Day:
- To Williston 140 km via the R354 route. Don’t miss the Mall.
- To Fraserburg 108 km via R356 route
- To Matjiesfontein 110 km via the R354 route. Visit the village with its famous hotel, car museum, and museum at the railway station.
- From Sutherland drive down Ouberg Pass and up with Gannaga Pass. Drive-in at Gannaga Lodge at the top for a snack or a drink. Warm friendly locals. Then to Middelpos and back to Sutherland with the R354. Gravel road all the way takes the spare wheel with! Middelpos Boerboels of Koos Vd Westhuizen is famous countrywide.
- Scenic drives: Gannaga Pass. The Gannaga Pass is a magnificent gravel road descending 548 meters through the Roggeveld Mountains from the high plateaux near Middelpos and levels off on the endless plains of the Tankwa The Karoo. The pass does not break any records in terms of altitude, gradient or length, but it possesses an almost ethereal quality from a combination of graceful curves, raw mountain beauty, and scope of vision that is rarely repeated in other passes.
- Ouberg Pass. It is a much-preferred gravel road pass by adventure travelers. It is an impressive pass with an altitude gain of 820 meters over 10,4 km to produce a stiff average gradient of 1:13 but the steepest parts are at 1:5 – which are very steep!
- Tankwa Karoo National Park 103 km via R356 route – Possible to drive Gannaga Pass and Ouberg Pass doing a circle route back to Sutherland via R354.
- Obey road rules
- Get permission to enter private land
- Leave gates as found (open/closed)
- Stay on farm roads and do not damage veld
- Respect animal and plant life
- Avoid fires
- Do not litter
Gravel Road Tips:
- Reduce tire pressure up to 1.8 bar
- Reduce speed to about 80 km / h
- Switch vehicle headlights on to be visible in dusty conditions
- Watch out for sheep and wild animals in the road
- Beware of unexpected blind turns - locally called crook
- Stay focused - the lack of traffic can make you feel at ease
- Beware of residents who know the road well and drive fast
- Mostly no cell phone signal
- Take enough spare wheels. Make sure the tensioners and jack are right
Tourists visit Sutherland throughout the year, in winter to experience the snow and cold, and summer to watch the stars, in spring for plates of flowers after good winter rains or to experience The Karoo with its wildness.
With icy nights, the mercury can drop by minus 15 and it is possible that the water in the water pipes is frozen in the morning.
How to make the most of your stay and capture precious moments is up to you: walk around in our old fashioned town with a lot of historic buildings, enjoy stories of locals while drinking a beer in a local pub, play board games with the teenagers, read the book that you never have time for, picnic on a drive out on a gravel road, enjoy a sundowner with a glass of wine and cheese/savory platter from OK FOODS shop, cuddle outside, gaze at the stars and make a wish while admiring the full moon or you could just simply relax and enjoy the exhilarating peace of this unspoiled small Karoo town from the luxury of your cottage. Perlman House allows you to experience a relaxing time with your family, loved ones and/or with your friends!
We welcome you to join us in discovering this remote town and area and experience for yourself how unique Perlman House and Sutherland is with its rich history!
- Kambro Veldplant Route is a three to twelve kilometers walking and mountain biking trail which starts on Middelfontein Farm. The plants are carefully numbered, corresponding to a manual.
- Louw Huis Museum on the corner of Jubilee and Northumberland streets was built in 1861. It is here where poets NP van Wyk Louw and WEG Louw, who put Afrikaans on the literary map, were born. Tours must be booked.
- Horse riding 28 km outside town at Blesfontein Farm. Only by appointment.
- Golf course outside town.
- Visiting the Planetarium. Book a show.
- Walking the Silhouette Hiking Trail.
- Stargazing while in Sutherland.
- SALT. South African Largest Telescope - Book a day or night tour.
- Die Tolhuis. Visit uncle Tjol at his local pub in Verlatenkloof.
- Drive a scenic route. Drive out for the day to a neighboring town.
- The historical NG Church on the main road of Sutherland. Designed by architect Charles Freeman, the church was occupied by British soldiers during the Anglo Boer War before it could be consecrated! Graffiti scribbled on the walls and a door by the British troops is still visible in the church.
- Graveyards. If you are a historian or have an interest in graves of the Anglo Boer war then the Sutherland graveyards will hold an interest for you. The graveyards are unique for their gravestones etched using handmade sandstone tools. War graves from the Anglo Boer war are in the English graveyard (left-hand side as you enter town) where one soldier is named on two gravestones! This soldier received a communal burial after drowning in a flash flood and a military cross was awarded later by the British government which was placed in the same graveyard. A Jewish graveyard (at the local graveyard left in the corner) is the resting place of some of Sutherland’s business owners and also of the first owner of Perlman House, Barnett Perlman. He died in the 1918 flu epidemic.
- 4 x 4 route at Blesfontein Farm is well worth the 28 km drive out of town. It is an easy to tackle route, culminating at a viewpoint on the lip of the Roggeveld Escarpment.
What to bring:
Hiking shoes, bicycle, binoculars, laptop, spices, food, drinks, filter coffee, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water bottle, insect repellent, backpack, books to read, games, music, toiletries, extra toilet paper, firelighters, lighter. There are a OK FOODS close by in town. Extra wood can be bought at local stores.
Winter: WARM CLOTHES, WARM JACKET, SCARF, WARM, WARM, WARM!
Summer: Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
Winter: WARM CLOTHES, WARM JACKET, SCARF, FLAT BOOTS, WARM, WARM, WARM!
Summer: Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent
- 50% Refund up to 1 month before arrival.
- More than 1 month before check-in 50% deposit refunded.
- More than 2 weeks before check-in 25% deposit refunded.
- Less than 2 weeks before check-in 0% deposit refunded.
Directions to Perlman House from N1:
From direction Cape Town turn left at Matjiesfontein
sign on N1.
Travel by tar road for 110 km to Sutherland.
Main Road is Piet Retief Street in Sutherland.
Drive down with Piet Retief Street.
Perlman House is a light grey building on your right-hand side.
Signs outside the building.